[apologies if this is a double post, i think the first got lost]
From: “Robert D.” email@example.com
Is the usage of four letter words or “bastard” to be
interpreted like a counter point, does it have elegance
or does it express emotional attachment.
In this context I’d say “Rails Modularity for Lazy Bastards”
is used in an informal, tongue-in-cheek, and lightly self
deprecating manner. (The author of the blog himself being
presumably a member of the set of ‘lazy bastards’ who benefit
from the techniques described therein.)
I have no idea how to guess what percentage of readers might
find such language offensive. I find it dryly amusing and
not the slightest bit offensive in context. I know, however,
that people exist (considering my mom as an example) who
wouldn’t like it at all.
I’m not sure whether such language can be said to have
elegance–but, for those who don’t find it offensive, it
can sometimes be used to hilarious effect. The following is
one of my favorite examples. I don’t know how well it will
translate for a non-native speaker, but keep in mind this is
a friendly letter between two acquaintances.
(Warning, contains several four letter words… sorry mom.)
What about English Best Practices ( for Foreigners )?
Write idiomatically in your native language, and run it
through Google Language Tools a few times.
Errr… Well, I guess the obvious advice would be: if
unsure, stick to the most polite forms you know.